Virginia Attorney General's Office News

Virginia True's un-permitted land clearing allegedly caused environmental issues

By Marian Johns | Oct 16, 2018

RICHMOND — Virginia's attorney general and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are suing Virginia True Corporation, for allegedly clearing un-permitted land and other environmental violations near Fones Cliffs.

Virginia attorney general lauds decision to halt Tribune Media, Sinclair merger

By Marian Johns | Aug 15, 2018

RICHMOND — Virgina Attorney General Mark Herring is applauding the recent Tribune Media Company announcement that it will discontinue pursuing a merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Virginia attorney general accuses major online lender of astronomical interest rates

By Mark Iandolo | May 14, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a lawsuit May 4 against Net Credit, a major online lender in the state, for allegedly violating the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

As Boulder sues, 15 states - including Colorado - oppose global warming lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Apr 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Two days after local officials in the Boulder, Colo., area filed a lawsuit that attempts to hold large energy companies liable for the alleged effects of global warming, the state’s top lawyer showed that she disagrees with their legal argument by voicing her opposition to similar lawsuits in California.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

By Karen Kidd | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

Virginia alleges loan shark company charged consumers 183% interest

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 20, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a lawsuit March 7 against Future Income Payments LLC; FIP LLC; and their owner, Scott Kohn (collectively, "FIP"), for allegations of charging consumers illegal loans with interest rates as high as 183 percent annually.

Virginia secures $250,000 from lenders, debt collectors for alleged unlawful credit plan loans

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 7, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Feb 23 that eight affiliated online lenders and debt collectors will pay a total of more than $250,000 after allegations of offering unlawful open-ended credit plan loans.

Virginia joins coalition urging FCC to block Sinclair-Tribune merger

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 6, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Feb 26 that he has joined a coalition of state attorneys general in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to not allow the proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Media Group and Tribune Media Company.

Republican AGs who railed against CFPB anti-arbitration rule, now on board with banning arbitration #MeToo

By Ann Maher | Feb 23, 2018

WASHINGTON - A group of Republican attorneys general who railed against an effort to outlaw arbitration clauses so that consumers could bring class actions against financial services companies now appear to be on board with legislation that would eliminate arbitration from workplace sexual harassment claims.

Virginia says 3,800 consumers to receive refunds after settlement with alleged predatory lender

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 12, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that more than 3,800 consumers will receive refunds and debt forgiveness after a settlement with MoneyLion of Virginia LLC.

Virginia secures $150,000 for consumers victimized by alleged home improvement fraud scheme

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 15, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Jan. 10 that his office has secured $150,000 in restitution for more than 60 consumers who were allegedly defrauded by Sea-Thru Windows Inc., a window seller and installer, and its president and sole owner, Jeffery C. Pesich.

Virginia: Internet lender to pay $264,000 after violating state's Consumer Protection Act

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 31, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Oct. 25 that Investment Evolution Corporation, doing business as Mr. Amazing Loans (Mr. Amazing Loans), will pay $264,000 in restitution after allegations of violating the Virginia Consumer Protection Act (VCPA).

Virginia alleges Allied Title Lending violated state laws, made illegal loans

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 19, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a lawsuit Sept. 13 against open-end credit plan lender Allied Title Lending LLC, doing business as Allied Cash Advance, for allegations of making illegal loans.

After CashCall settlement, checks going to more than 9,600 Va. consumers

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 11, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Sept. 6 that his office will deliver checks averaging $982 to consumers victimized by CashCall Inc.’s alleged “rent-a-tribe” predatory lending scheme.

Virginia secures settlement with credit lender that allegedly violated Consumer Protection Act

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 31, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced July 25 that Alternative Finance Company, an open-end credit lender in Virginia Beach, will provide refunds and debt forgiveness to roughly 600 consumers after allegations of violating the Virginia statutes applicable to consumer finance companies and the Virginia Consumer Protection Act (VCPA).

Virginia AG settles with pawnbrokers over alleged excessive fees

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 30, 2017

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said his office has settled with Pawnking LLC and All Star Pawn & Gold LLC, two affiliated Fredericksburg-area pawnbrokers, for more than $70,000 over alleged violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

Hobby Lobby settles Virginia case involving allegations of misleading advertising

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 14, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced March 6 that Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store, will pay $8,000 after allegations of violating the state’s Comparison Price Advertising Act and the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

Virginia settles with door-to-door meat sales company, alleging violations of consumer protection laws

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 14, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced March 9 that Capital Meats Inc., a wholesale meat seller formerly based in Frederick County, has agreed to settle allegations of violating the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and the Virginia Home Solicitation Sales Act.

Virginia settles with Shockoe Bottom Automotive after alleged 'bait and switch' scheme

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 14, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced March 6 that Shockoe Bottom Automotive & Tires Inc., a company that sells tires and alignment services and is based in Richmond, will settle allegations of conducting a “bait and switch” business scheme.

CallCall to pay $15 million in settlement for charging high interest rates on loans

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 8, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Consumers in Virginia will receive $15.33 million in restitution and debt relief as part of a settlement with CashCall Inc. and its president and CEO Paul Reddam.

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